POLS5688 The Evolution of International Society
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Non-standard teaching period UWA (Perth) Multi-mode
- This unit examines the idea of international society as an evolving global society of states, characterised by geopolitical rivalry and contested ideas of sovereignty, which has become institutionalised through the United Nations since 1945. The unit focuses on key processes and events in the expansion of the global society of states, such as decolonisation and the Cold War. It includes an evaluation of different theoretical approaches to the phenomena of the global society of states, and some consideration of the extent to which the core institutions of this society including the United Nations have evolved through effective reform since the Cold War.
- Students are able to (1) develop and demonstrate advanced knowledge of core theories, concepts and practices in International Relations; (2) develop and demonstrate an advanced understanding of core methods of inquiry and research in International Relations; (3) develop and demonstrate an advanced understanding of important cross-cutting themes in International Relations; (4) develop and demonstrate advanced professional writing skills for careers in International Relations; (5) develop and demonstrate research competency and advanced analytical skills for careers in International Relations; and (6) develop and demonstrate professional communication and/or cross-cultural and/or behavioural and/or networking skills for careers in International Relations.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research essay; (2) short essay; and (3) seminar participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Dr Ky Gentry
- Unit rules
- POLS5621 Evolution and Structure of the International Political System
- Contact hours
- seminars: 18 hours
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